"We have already seen the tremendous benefits of information sharing through the Missouri Information Analysis Center."
The State of Missouri will deploy Knowledge Computing Corp.'s Coplink solution suite to support comprehensive information sharing and collaboration among local and state law enforcement for solving crimes and thwarting terrorism.
Funding for the project, known as Missouri Data Exchange (MoDex), was made possible by a unique partnership between state and local law enforcement, which together, pooled federal funding to maximize the initiative's reach, effectiveness and return on investment.
"We have already seen the tremendous benefits of information sharing through the Missouri Information Analysis Center," said Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, "and I commend local law enforcement for their vision and foresight to bring this software to Missouri. By working together they will be able to provide a tremendous asset to build on MIAC's success and strengthen and protect our communities."
"I know from my own experience in law enforcement that access to accurate and timely information and intelligence will help save lives," said Mark James, director of the Department of Public Safety. "This data sharing program will give law enforcement the advantage against criminals by identifying relationships, associations and patterns that will help us solve more crimes and increase public safety across Missouri by getting offenders off the street more quickly."
There are 12,655 full time sworn officers within the Missouri law enforcement geographical area. Coplink will be accessible to authorized law enforcement officers, investigators, detectives, highway patrol troopers, and crime analysts throughout the state and will be used for law enforcement purposes only. This includes sworn officers serving communities across 114 counties, the city of St. Louis, approximately 535 municipalities and other state law enforcement entities.
Among law enforcement agencies worked to bring the system to the state, including the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Sheriff's Association, Cole County Sheriff's Office, and the Missouri Department of Corrections.